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Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Les Berman Weekly 2-15 Fine Dining. Living Long Loving. The Olden Days. And so much more….


The other day, while dining at that fabulous high end restaurant, yes, Costco’s Food Court, I sat at a table with a delightful lady who insisted that I was a kid. And I was ok with that, of course. But when she offered that her daughter was 73, I was shocked, because this lady certainly did not look 95. And she told me that when her husband came to the table, that I was not to mention that she had been married for 77 years, to the same guy. This gentleman was a spry 97, who moved like a 70 year old. And he still works part time.

 

She told me that his employer thinks he’s only 75 ! When I asked her for the secret of living as long as she has, and in such great shape, she said that she likes to breathe regularly ! And then she says that she married the best guy in the world. After I left, I recalled a conversation I had with a friend several years ago, after my divorce.

 

Steve asked me how many couples I knew that were as much in love with their spouse as they likely were when they got married. I think that I couldn’t get past six or seven. In the ensuing years, I think I might have been able to add two or three more couples. The rest, we decided, were complacent.

 

This isn’t a criticism but an observation. And I truly hope that you are one of those special couples, and that your Valentine’s Day was special. And that the couple who have 77 years together, also had a special day.

 

On the other hand, I was talking to another friend who had made a deal with his wife. They agreed that Valentine’s Day was over rated and that they could have a great dinner a week later. Of course, if you’re in the path of this week’s eastern and southern snow storm, you’re not going anywhere anyway. And I hope you survive the repercussions !

 

I remember, back in the olden days before cell phones, that there was a snow emergency in Winnipeg, and the emergency broadcast system said that telephones were to be used for emergencies only. I had a date that night so I decided I should call to tell her that I would not make it to pick her up. Her father answered the phone. I asked for his daughter, whose name I can’t remember now, and he said “Are you the police?” uh no. “Is this an emergency” uhhh..”get off the phone” and he hung up. I wonder if his daughter got the hint that I wouldn’t make the date.

 

I wonder if that was a turning point in my life? Maybe I should have become a cop so I would never have another dad-enforced broken date !

And here are a few more things that we didn’t know about in 2013. For women, smelling a newborn baby feels as good as drugs to addicts or cheeseburgers to those just breaking a fast. I don’t know if the smell is before or after the poop. Maybe it’s just the smell of the powder. But I like babies – until the diapers are loaded. A 10,000 year old mammoth trunk found in Siberia still had enough stuff that could be extracted to get the species going again. Heart disease patients with a positive attitude are more likely to exercise and live longer. The most positive patients exercised more and had a 42 percent less chance of dying during the follow-up period. I hope that I won’t ever be the exception to the rule! The oldest globe of the world dates from around 1500. It was drawn on ostrich eggs. I think it may not be edible !

 

Wolves howl to bring lost wolves back to the pack and to express the quality of their relationships. Come on – are their wolfpack therapists who figured this out? Give me a break !  Men howl to express their conquests on Saturday night. No therapist required for that knowledge ! Dolphins apparently have a signature sound that identifies them like a name. Scientists don’t know how they get their names. It’s so simple – how do those dweebs miss it ! The dolphin moms simply get the latest waterproof edition of the baby name book. Everyone knows that – now.

 

If you or someone you know needs money for their business or for a residential mortgage, I am still the guy with the magic number 818.305.4695. Memorize it ! Pass it along ! Make it work for you too !

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” – Mark Twain.  “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” – Dorothy Parker

“I didn’t like the play – but then I saw it under adverse conditions — the curtain was up.” – George S. Kaufman

“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” – Mark Twain.

“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.”  – Gore Vidal

“Liberty is the right to do whatever the law permits.” – Charles Monteiscu

“If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.” – Rita Mae Brown

 

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March 15, 2014 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, medicine, real estate, small business, sports, stuff, Uncategorized, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Berman Weekly 11-23 Cold. Storm Windows. Outdoor Hockey. Super Dino. Wine Cellars in History… and much much more..


So, I was trying to figure out why we, here in southern California, think that 60 degree weather is cold. I grew up in a climate where the weather would go down to minus 40 degrees and we dealt with it. You dressed for it, and you knew that it would warm up in a day or a week, and we just waited for it to happen. And we never complained… unless it stayed that cold for more than a week. And it did sometimes.

 

Allow me to describe some of our preparations for the season, and I’m going to guess that many of you will have huge question marks about terminology. But that’s ok – you can google everything. In no particular order, because, I can’t remember, we took down all of the screens covering the windows, and replaced them with glass windows. That would create an insulation barrier that would help to keep the house warm. That was in addition to the dual pane windows we had.  I think my dad called them ‘storm windows and doors’. After all, we took the screen doors off and replaced those too.

The curtains were heavy material and that formed another layer of insulation.

 

Then, my dad would make sure that the tank was full of heating oil, the furnace would be serviced and tuned up. I don’t remember being cold, in the house. The cars would have the antifreeze refreshed and the snow tires installed.  And every car had a block heater that had to be plugged in – so the engine would start. The block heater would keep the engine warm so that the oil wouldn’t freeze solid. There would be an electric plug sticking out of the front of the car, and we had lots of fun telling summer visitors that the cars were actually electric: the cars were cheap but those long extension cords cost a small fortune !

And we brought the winter clothes and boots out of the basement storage area, and swapped them out with the summer stuff. And then we waited for the snow to come and for the winds to blow.

 

Of course, when the snow came, it really did. We played hockey on outdoor rinks. And that was life in Winnipeg. And we walked to school most of the time, both ways, in the snow,

 

Now, it gets down to 50 here in Los Angeles, and I reach for the warmer coats and hats. Either my blood has thinned, or I’ve become a wuss. Those who know me best, vote for the latter ! But really, we know it’s cold in LA when the water coming out of the tap is actually cold !

 

Apparently, it hasn’t always been like this. Some 98 million years ago, the climate was pretty conducive to providing sustenance to everything that populated the land. National Geographic described a dinosaur that as a toddler, weighed some four tons and was as long as a school bus. It predated T. Rex and was much larger. They know all this because someone found a few toes and some other bones, and decided that this was a missing link between the dinos that came before and those that came after. How do these people do that? I understand when a complete skeleton is found (check the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles), but how do you reach conclusions from fragments of a four ton toddler?.

 

Meanwhile, in more recent history, archaeologists were working some ruins in Israel and came across the wine room. While the wines were long gone, the residues were there. And through analysis of the residues, it was found that the wines all had the same ingredients – there were actual recipes 3700 years ago. These included honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins used as a preservative. The recipe was similar to medicinal wines used for 2,000 years in ancient Egypt and probably tasted something like retsina or other resinous Greek wines today.

 

What is interesting to me is that the excavation team found two other doors leading to new rooms. And they can’t open those rooms until the next excavation season – in 2015. What’s up with 2014? I want to know what’s behind the door on the …. right ! or do I want the one on the left? What should I do? what to do? Audience. Help me ….

 

And if you are looking for real estate financing, for your residential or commercial property, call me today ! And if you know any veterans or foreign nationals, please have them call me. The magic number is 818.305.4695.

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

More southern stuff:

Going to “The” Wal-Mart is a favorite pastime known as goin Wal-Martin’ or off to Wally World.

You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good beef stew or chili weather.

Fried catfish is the other white meat.

We don’t need no dang Driver’s Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive!!!

I’m having my “picture made” means “I’m having my picture taken

 

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December 10, 2013 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, medicine, real estate, sports, stuff, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Berman Weekly 11-8 YEsterday. JFK. 3 C’s. Cheeseheads. Rubber Duckies… and much more


It seems like it was yesterday, and I guess, when you consider that the planet is billions of years old, and our existence is a dot in time in that continuum, then the murder of JFK 50 years ago does actually seem like yesterday.

 

I was in high school in Winnipeg when the first announcement came over the PA system. And I remember the hush that swept through our class. Understand that this was in Canada, but even we identified with the youthfulness of JFK. And then the sobs from a couple of kids, who, as it happened, were Americans. I don’t remember what time it was, but I do remember thinking that if it was the ‘commies’ that shot Kennedy, then we, in Winnipeg, should be safe. After all, I was in Canada and no one hates Canadians. The possibility of war was real.

 

We used to go home for lunch because we had an hour and a half before the afternoon classes began. And yes, I walked home, in the snow, (uphill both ways of course), had lunch, and walked back to school. The TV was on and the chaos of Dallas was mind boggling!

 

I didn’t realize then that Kennedy had an immense influence on the cultures of both the USA and Canada. Kennedy didn’t wear a hat. My dad and his brothers stopped wearing hats (except on cold days). Jackie did wear hats but I have no idea if my mother did or not. Strange to think about now. He was a cool president and a role model.

 

The aftermath, to this day, is pretty amazing. The Warren Commission, Oswald, Ruby and so many more parts to the puzzle that have not been solved, or rather, have not been disclosed. There have been volumes written about conspiracies, cover-ups and collusion – the Three C’s. And some of the official records have been sealed for 100 years. So those of us who were around in 1963 will never know the truth, rather the truth that you will be told.

 

I don’t understand why the ‘truths’ cannot be told now. Did the FBI or CIA or Secret Service screw up? or was this a fluke? We’ll never know, and with the volumes of hypotheses that will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks, we’ll know even less.

 

The only thing that I know for sure is that this act of violence changed the free world forever… and for the worse. We can’t turn the clock back, but we can aspire to return to Camelot.

 

Meanwhile, in that bastion of good people, known somewhat affectionately as cheeseheads, or to some of you, as Wisconsin, there is legislation being considered to allow gambling on a small scale. We can’t all flock there, unless we’re migrating, but a bill legalizing rubber duck races is up for consideration before the state Senate’s Workforce Development Committee. And this happened because someone in the Wisconsin Department of Justice determined that, yes, duck races are, in fact, gambling !

 

Now, if you have never partaken in a rubber duck race, you know it’s extremely competitive, of course. You get a rubber duck with a number on it. You place it in a moving body of water, like a river or stream,  and then you yell, eat hot dogs, and drink cold beer, until the first duck crosses the finish line. And the owner of the number on that duck wins a prize of some kind. But most people don’t really care unless they are under eight years of age and are tired of drinking beer.

 

And I’m sure there have been instances when someone with scuba gear has attempted to move his duck to the front of the floating flock, and I’m equally sure there have been alligators and sharks involved as well. But Sheboygan Wisconsin is taking this to a new level, having determined that rubber duck races are, in fact, gambling. Wow… I think that some of those government people have the holes from the Swiss cheese, in their heads !

 

How would they deal with the golf balls being dropped from a helicopter? Same concept except that a chopper hovers over a parcel of land with a hole and flag, and the chopper guy dumps the bag of golf balls. The numbered ball closest to the hole wins the prize. everything else is the same : the yelling, the hot dogs, and definitely the beer !

 

In the meantime, if you or someone you know, is a veteran of the US Armed Forces, they should talk to me about some of the extraordinary financing opportunities for vets. And similarly, if you know immigration attorneys or investment advisors that work with foreign nationals, I have financing programs for them too. The magic number… 818.305.4695.

Have a better week !

Les

 

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

THINGS I HAVE LEARNED LIVING IN THE SOUTH….

“Ya’ll” is singular; “All ya’ll” is plural.

You measure distance in minutes (that’s here in LA too).

You switch from heat to A/C in the same day.

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.

You know what a DAWG is.

 

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December 1, 2013 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, stuff, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Les Berman Weekly 11-2 Flushed. Cool Underwear.Mean Woman. Chips Are Up… and so much more..


So the BTA is having a meeting in the next couple of weeks to discuss flushes and water usage. Yes, the Europeans have decided that they are using too much water per flush, and some members are proposing compressed air to assist the disposal. The British Toilet Association is considering new guidelines for disposing of your stuff so as to reduce water consumption. That’s not the humorous item… a toilet association? couldn’t you come up with a different name? Do any of these resonate? The Water Closet Association. CAB – Commode Association of Britain; CRAB – Crapper Association of Britain; PTCIA – Pull the Chain Improvement Association. And of course, the BBC – the British Bureau of Crappers.  I really need a 6 year old to help with the porcelain goddess humor. Do you have someone you can volunteer?

 

Mean – while, a woman in Fargo had planned to hand out candies and letters to kids on Halloween. The letters were telling fat kids that candies weren’t good for them and being overweight was not a healthy lifestyle. Talk about bullying!! When I was a little kid, I would only have received her letters… the bitch ! But we would have done our thing to her house – door bell ringing and then taking off, or if we wanted to be really bad, we would have teepee’d her house. And what’s remarkable is that she publicized her action before the big night. Whattabitch !!

 

But there is good news out there for those of us who cannot find enough junk to eat. Lay’s is announcing that they are coming out with a chocolate covered potato chip. Personally, I think the combination is a little gross, but only because I haven’t tasted one yet. And I will sample them at some point. I just can’t see it,,, sitting in front of the tv with beer and chocochips. I have to guess that they tested the product in several markets with several people. They forgot to ask me… again.

 

In other very important news, a new line of underwear is about to be marketed for both men and women. I would guess that, because women shop more often than do men, the product will be given to men much more frequently. Now, I must admit that I had thought that this type of product should have been invented a long time ago. I know people who should line up for this as soon as it hits the store. A company is coming out with a line of underwear that absorbs passed air, flatulence, aka gas. Any other four letter word would not get past the spam filters 🙂 The product has been developed by a British company. Women can buy Shreddies in briefs, high-leg briefs or shorties, while men can purchase support boxers, adjustable support boxers, hipsters and briefs. I’m sorry but I don’t know when it will hit the store shelves nor do I know what shorties are.. But it will be a very popular gag gift with serious meaning.

 

I used to think school field trips were pretty cool. A group of private school students from the Los Angeles area was on a field trip in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, an area well known for its fossils. When I was a kid in Winnipeg, I had found a few fossils of spiral snails and other small things. The Legislative Building in Winnipeg is built with limestone blocks. I remember walking around the building and finding the fossils embedded in the limestone. That was absolutely exciting, and would still be today if I went back there.

 

So this kid happens to look under a rock outcropping and sees something that looks like a bone. He went around the other side, picks up  a rock, and finds a skull. It turns out that the kid discovered the smallest, youngest and most complete duck-billed dinosaur of its kind ever found. It took a couple of years to get the permits, and then 1300 hours to chip away the stone from the dinosaur bones. The dino is now on display at the Alf Museum in Claremont, CA. I hope the kid has a statue right next to dino. Or at least a photo and recognition. What a field trip that was ! Lucky guy – so jealous 😉

 

I remember taking my son out to the Santa Monica Mountains a couple of times to do some fossil hunting. I don’t think we found any but as I recall, the Thrifty store had ice cream. A fitting discovery on a hot day I think.

And when you are thinking real estate loans, call me first especially if you are a veteran or a foreign national. The magic number is 818.305.4695.

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

THINGS I HAVE LEARNED LIVING IN THE SOUTH….

Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re two. We do like a little tea with our sugar. It is referred to as the Wine of the South.

“Backwards and forwards” means I know everything about you.

The word “jeet” is actually a phrase meaning ‘Did you eat?’

You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see.

You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH em.

“Ya’ll” is singular; “All ya’ll” is plural.

 

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November 19, 2013 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, medicine, stuff, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Berman Weekly 5-10 Parades. Bagpipes, Regimental. Sugar Cookies and more….


Ever since I was a kid, I have loved parades. And there were times when I was allowed to watch a parade by myself. But remember, that was a time when doors were left unlocked, kids played outside or at neighbors, and when the first “dinner time” was called out on the street by one of the moms, we all headed home for our dinner.

 

I guess it was sort of Pavlovian. I wonder if our mom’s began to salivate or do something when they also heard the first homing call. Actually, all of us kids congregated at Robert’s house on Friday afternoons, after school, to watch Roy Rogers on TV. His mom would give us sugar cookies, which were THE best, and milk. From a bottle, not a carton. The show ended, and there was a stream of kids leaving to go home. Can you imagine, we actually walked to and from school, in the snow and rain. I can’t imagine that happening in LA today – or ever. Walk? definitely a foreign word !

 

We played street hockey – and the cars slowed down so we could get out of the way. Street hockey was the northern version, I think, of New York’s stickball. And we played hockey when the streets were covered with snow, or not. During the snow season, the goal posts were mounds of snow that were often demolished by the cars when they passed, and during the no-snow season, the goals were sticks, stones or whatever we brought from our garages. And can you believe this – girls played too. With the boys. Okay – so if we didn’t let them play, the moms would gang up on us and issue the decree – girls played or boys didn’t. hmmm…

 

We kids rode the buses. It was safe… unless we were in the ‘bad’ part of town and a drunk was sitting in the back, getting more drunk. So we were allowed to ride the ‘pumpkins’ – the buses in Winnipeg were orange and some other color that was somewhere between yellow, beige, and skin color. No, I can’t be PC because I have no idea what that color was or is.

 

One of the big parades was for Memorial Day. Old soldiers, from both WWI and WWII would march up the main street, sometimes in step, and most of the time, not, and bands would play. They played band music, songs from the wars etc., but my absolute favorite were the bands that played bagpipes. One of the more famous bands, to this day, is the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band. They started in 1920, even before I was born, and still are around. (www.wppb.ca) .

 

In case you weren’t aware, in most of the pipe bands, the members wear kilts. I do know, that you, and I, have always been curious about the rumors. Yes, we all want to know if they go ‘regimental style’ or not.  Well, recently, in the Scottish Medical Journal, a researcher decided that those who went ‘regimental’  aka ‘commando’ , were more likely to be able to procreate than those who wore tight undergarments. They went on to say that wearing a kilt is an absolute chick magnet – although the Scottish said it somewhat differently. Men who wear kilts experience a strong sense of masculinity and freedom.

 

The kilts are made of tartan and each design is related to a specific clan in Scotland. Look it up – you’ll have some good reading. I suspect that every kind of device has been used by women to try to determine if there are a preponderance of kilt wearers going regimental or not. The important thing to note is that because of the looseness of the garment, the number of little things that help make little babies (spam blockers beware) are more numerous and stronger. Thus sayeth the Scottish researchers…

 

The moral of the story… see where the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band is playing, and, if you or someone you know is having problems, the answer could be to wear a kilt and go regimental ! Make sure you’re wearing the right tartan.

And now you’ll enjoy the parade even more !

 

You know about the rates, and you are frozen. Ask me about my quick thaw kit. The magic number is 818.305.4695. And use that for VA, conventional and even FHA loans too. If you’re interested in bridge loans for investment properties anywhere in the country, that number to call is 818.305.4695 !!

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

There is great need for a sarcasm font.

How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

Was learning cursive really necessary?

Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

 

 

 

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May 13, 2013 Posted by | business, general interest, humor, real estate, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weather. Lessons Learned. Burmese Pythons. Rules.. Stupid Ones.


From time to time, weather happens whether you want it or not. And we here in lalaland are really spoiled babies. And complain – yes we do.. all the time. In the summer, it’s too hot, of course. in the winter, like this week, it’s too cold. For the record, this weather would be considered balmy by most Americans – especially at this time of the year. Consider this, in my home town of Winnipeg, aka Winterpeg, the forecast for tonight is minus 25 celsius. At that temperature, it doesn’t make a big difference between celsius and farenheit. The scales converge at minus 40 degrees.

I remember those days – and that’s one of the reasons I’m not there anymore. At minus 25, aka 25 below, the moisture in your breath freezes on your scarf, hat, or beard. Your car, having been outside in your garage overnight, has the tires frozen with a flat edge. In the morning, you have to drive a couple of blocks before your tires are round again. Your engine has a block heater that must be plugged in so that your engine does not freeze. I remember being at some event when I was in my teens, and the event was stopped for 30 – 45 minutes so people could go out to their cars and run the engine for 10 minutes. And people would still walk a couple of blocks in that cold unless the wind was blowing. If the wind was blowing, the temperature with wind chill, could hit minus 60 or minus 65 degrees.

So why would people live there you may ask? The Chamber of Commerce can extol the virtues but there is a constant population of 600,000. The important thing is  – I moved !! Quit complaining that it’s cold and put on a sweater !!

 

My grandfather moved there in 1905. He had his reasons – probably someone he knew from Romania moved there before he did, and painted a good picture. So my grandfather made the trip.

My grandfather was a unique man. He taught me a lot without forcing lessons. He had a great sense of humor, and he absolutely loved his grandchildren. He and my grandmother would come to visit, and he would be wearing a suit, as men did in the 50’s. We ‘forced’ him to loosen his tie, and take off his suit coat. He marveled at the miracle of television, and he loved cartoons, and Superman comics.

I never saw my grandfather lose his cool, but I did see him love his family. And when invited into his office to sit on the sofa while he was working with clients,  I saw how he treated his customers in his store, with respect and honor. He was a man of honor and we found out just how honorable long after he died.

In the 1930’s, international trade in some industries, was established by referral and by prior relationship. My grandfather, in mid 1939, ordered a large quantity of goods from the Black Forest region of Germany. The goods arrived and my grandfather was about to send payment when, on September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland, war was declared on Germany by virtually every country including Canada, and my grandfather could not send payment. Eight years later, my grandfather travelled to Germany, searching for the manufacturer who had shipped him the goods, without luck.

Honor. Respect. Fairness. Some things I learned from my grandfather.

We learn a lot from our families – good, bad, indifferent. We retain what we want to retain. Sometimes, we don’t know that we are learning, or how or when we learned it. Think about what you learned from your grandparents, or your parents. Did you even realize where that specific ability originated? Or how you avoided something? Interesting thoughts.

 

This week, in Florida, about 800 people have received permits for the annual python hunt. I didn’t know that pythons are not a native species to Florida nor did I know that pythons are extremely prolific. And smart. In the ten years since the annual hunt started, only about 2100 snakes have been caught. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission offers a prize to the person who harvests the most pythons. I wonder if the winner gets a trophy or snakeskin boots?

 

Meanwhile, on the mortgage front, Washington has come out with yet another set of rules that will make your life more difficult. Definitions that are not clear, disclosures that don’t make sense, and more. What will eventually happen is that getting a loan could be more difficult, and small loans will only be available from the big banks. And if you don’t fit inside a continuously shrinking box, you will not be able to get a loan. These rules are being promulgated by people who know nothing about mortgages. But that’s not really a surprise, is it? Many Washington rules are invented by people who know nothing about real life. They listen to the lobbyists. Now that must be educational? ! NOT.

If you want to get a taste of who is running Washington, take a look at the job descriptions of the openings at some of the federal agencies. Most are directed primarily at other civil servants and with very short time frames when they are advertised. Interesting.

In the meantime, pick up the phone and ask me some questions. Prices in some areas have been increasing. Your property may help you now. The magic number is 818.305.4695. Use it today ! You owe it to yourself to see how much money you can save!

Have a better week.

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Weird laws: Guess where… Greece, Rome, South Carolina, Dubai

Illegal: Pinball for minors

Illegal: Eating and drinking near landmarks

Illegal: Sharing a hotel room outside of marriage

Illegal: Stiletto heels

 

In order – South Carolina, Rome, Dubai, Greece

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